School Centred Initial Teacher Training Programme (SCITT)

We are delighted to announce that TKAT have been accredited to deliver their own School Centred Initial Teacher Training Programme (SCITT) to commence in September 2012.  Our programme is a PGCE course and trainees will also gain 40 credits towards a Masters’ Degree.

The SCITT programme provides a unique and fantastic opportunity for TKAT schools to train their own staff, to work together and it creates many professional development opportunities for current employees too.

We have initially been allocated 30 places in the subject areas of Maths, English, History, Geography, MFL and the Sciences (Chemistry, Biology and Physics).

For further information please email


Fixtures (week beginning 19th March)


Monday 19th March: DPHS V Braeside Year 7A and 8A (home)


Monday 19th March: DPHS V Roding Valley Year 8 (home)

Wednesday 21st March: DPHS V King Harold Year 11 (home)

Thursday 22nd March: DPHS V West Hatch Year 8 (home)


Fantastic author Dan Freedman entranced Year 7 and 8 today

Year 7 and 8 were treated to assemblies and workshops with the author Dan Freedman today. He talked to them about his career in football and his popular series of football themed books and showed them preview material from the upcoming TV series of the Jamie Johnstone books. The students were entranced by his stories of famous footballers and were treated to a question and answer session at the end of his assembly where they asked intelligent and incisive questions!

Sixty of our students also joined him for writing workshops where they wrote their own fantastic football themed writing. Extracts from our students’ writing will be published on our website soon. The four students who wrote the best pieces won a signed copy of Dan’s latest book. Well done to them!

Our students told us they thought it was “The best day ever!” and queued up to get their copies of ‘The Kick Off’ and other Dan Freedman novels signed by the man himself.

Signed copies of his novels are still available to buy for £4.99.

Thankyou to Dan Freedman for such a wonderful visit.



Jack Petchey award winners announced

Congratulations to the following two students have won the February and March Jack Petchey Awards!

February – Jak Keeling year 11 for outstanding commitment to his Maths GCSE resit by attending every tutor, intervention, revision session that was put in place for him to pass.

March – Alfie Moulder year 9 for his performance and commitment to the school football team. He has scored 6 goals in the last two matches, 3 in one game leading the yr 9 team to victory.

Well Done both. Letters and certificates will go out in assembly next week.



8KDE3 Gothic Horror, The Woman in…

This week students have been focusing on different elements of Gothic Horror writing. Today 8KDE3 looked at how to use vocabulary to create different atmospheres in their writing. Each group was given a different version of the title ‘The Woman in Black’. Here are some level 6 examples of work:

The Woman in Gold

Slowly wafting across the field, the mist faded as a woman appeared in the distance. Majestically, she glided towards me. My breath escaped me. She stared at me with empty eyes, yet I knew she had seen everything. She had grown to hate me; despite this her presence was fill with love and compassion. She was my gaurdian angel, my saviour, my love.

By Jaime, Jack and Tierney

The Woman in White

Surreptiously she crepts along the corridor, glancing back over her pale white shoulder. She’s a shadow that stalks me. Unexpectedly she disappears into the bright blinding lights. Who is she?


By Rebekah, Devon, Nabeel and Sam


The author Dan Freedman to visit Debden Park this Thursday

Popular author, Dan Freedman, the writer of great teenage fiction such as “The Kick Off” is coming to Debden Park High School this Thursday!

Dan has always worked in football, starting his career as a football journalist then becoming an author. He has written a series of successful books that our students love; in fact, “The Kick Off” was chosen by many of our students as the book they wanted to receive as their free book at the start of Year 7.

He will work with the whole of Y8 for lesson 2 and with Year 7 for lesson 6.

Some lucky Year 7 and 8 students have also been chosen to work with him during lessons 3 and 4.

Finally, students can buy a copy of his book and get if signed by the man himself at lunchtime!

Our students are very excited about his visit! If you’d like further information, please visit